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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Indigenous Philosophies and Transformative Pedagogies in University Curricula

Katrina Thorpe, Peter Minter.

Recent research at the Koori Centre, University of Sydney, has focused on the definition and articulation of Indigenous pedagogic philosophies and their function within broader structures of knowledge exchange. The Koori Centre is developing curricula that are primarily motivated by Indigenous knowledge systems and their potential for transforming student expectations of personal, regional and global political categories. Our development of Indigenous pedagogic philosophies and their application in curriculum design and practice can provide contemporary University teaching and learning environments with unique models for socially inclusive and transformative cross-cultural delivery. This paper will define and articulate attributes of Indigenous pedagogic philosophies and their potential for stimulating ‘new learning’ practices that are decolonising and ethically responsive.


Katrina Thorpe  (Australia)
Lecturer in Education and Indigenous Australian History
Koori Centre
University of Sydney

Katrina is from the Worimi Aboriginal nation, Australia. She has been involved in Aboriginal education for approximately 10 years. She has taught Indigenous perspectives across a wide range of disciplines and lectures at the University of Sydney. Her interests include anti-racism and social justice education, Australian history and promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives across all areas of education.

Peter Minter  (Australia)
Koori Centre
University of Sydney

Peter Minter lectures in Indigenous political and cultural history and theory, and is currently undertaking research on postcolonial ethnopoetics.

  • Indigenous
  • Philosophy
  • Pedagogy
  • Knowledge
  • Transformation
  • Curriculum
  • Cross-cultural
  • Decolonising
  • New Learning

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)